For the first time in nearly 15 years, Didcot will not have a May Queen.

Previously drawn from among the town's brownie units, the May Queen and her attendants from the rainbow groups were chosen at the the annual May Fair.

But at this year's May Fair at the Civic Hall, Divisional Commissioner Hazel Marriott said changes had been made to involve more girls, the mayor and mayoress will judge a fancy dress competition in which Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and the Seniors can all take part."

The dog show which was another regular feature of the May Fair has also been dropped because of the disappointing number of entries in recent years.

Instead, there will be a bouncy castle and outdoor attractions for young children, as well as stalls in the hall.

The event, which is being run by Didcot and Millbrook Guide Districts, including Upton and Blewbury, is to raise funds for camping equipment and for the hire of coaches for the 350 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Seniors in the town who are expecting to attend a county Guide pageant at Upper Heyford in June.